School of Frock (12 hrs)
Make a dress of your choice for special times or sunny days!
A 12 hour intensive over 3 sessions on Australia Day weekend for advanced beginners through to more experienced sewists. You will make a dress that fits using a sewing pattern suited to your skill level and taste.
Session 1: Two hours taken by sewing school founder Gaye Naismith
This is an optional session for students who require help with preparing their pattern ready to start sewing in Session Two. Students who are already experienced in the below steps may do their preparation at home if they prefer.
It will include:
-taking measurements and checking against garment measurements to determine the size you will make
– tracing your selected size off a multi size pattern
– correct and most efficient ways of laying out your pattern pieces on the fabric using the principles of straight grain.
– cutting out your pieces and transferring symbols from the pattern pieces to the fabric. Cutting and applying necessary interfacing.
Sessions Two and Three: 5 hours each plus 30mins lunch break. Taken by costumier and regular Gaye Abandon teacher Zoe Gymer-Waldron
In these two sessions you will work through the instructions detailed in your sewing pattern to construct your garment.
Zoe will guide you though the steps on your instruction sheet, teach you the techniques required by your design, and assist you with any fitting challenges.
Depending on your chosen project, skills and techniques you may learn include:
Inserting dress zippers – Invisible or standard
Setting in sleeves
Attaching facings, bindings, bodice and skirt panels,
Buttonholes, hemming and hand finishing techniques.
Sewing is a wonderful life skill to possess. Being able to mend, alter, or make your own clothes and homewares from scratch can save you money, reduce your impact on the environment and give you enormous pleasure and pride. You will find that you value and cherish the things you make for years to come. Gaining confidence in using a sewing machine and stitching by hand is the first step to realising any number of textile projects. From clothes making and crafting to incorporating sewn textiles into your creative practice knowing how to sew is an essential skill!
If you would like more information about this intensive feel free to contact us . A minimum of four students is required for the class to go ahead.